Use of an obstetric balloon for postabortion hemorrhage with disseminated intravascular coagulation

Robert Rydze, Kamilah Dixon, Jocelyn T. Greely, Shannon Hawkins

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Abstract

Background: Postabortion hemorrhage occurs in up to 2% of second-trimester pregnancy terminations. Postabortion hemorrhage is the leading cause of postabortion maternal mortality. We report the successful use of an obstetric balloon for second-trimester postabortion hemorrhage complicated by disseminated intravascular coagulation. CASE: A 38-year-old multigravid woman presented with hypovolemic shock from disseminated intravascular coagulation after second-trimester termination of an anomalous fetus. An intrauterine Foley catheter filled with 60 mL of fluid failed to tamponade bleeding. An obstetric balloon filled with 330 mL of fluid temporized bleeding until the patient's coagulopathy was corrected. CONCLUSION: An obstetric balloon should be considered in the management of second-trimester postabortion hemorrhage complicated by disseminated intravascular coagulation while coagulopathy is corrected.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1019-1021
Number of pages3
JournalObstetrics and Gynecology
Volume126
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 20 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Medicine(all)

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